Women’s basketball team to salute veterans at Nov. 4 game
10.21.2014 | By Rob Vanya
In honor of Veterans Day, the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team will recognize military personnel at halftime against McLennan College on Nov. 4.
The game begins at 5:30 p.m. in Nichols Gym at the North Campus, 5800 Uvlade Road in Houston. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 80 fans at the game, and there will be a flag presentation by a local high school color guard.
Additionally, during late October team members will visit each building on the North Campus to obtain personal hygiene items and other supplies to be donated to veterans. Donations collected during the drive will be delivered to the non-profit organization Compassionate Houston. “We are collecting specific items requested by Compassionate Houston so that we can put together complete welcome home packages for veterans,” commented Brenita Williams-Jackson, head coach of the College’s women’s basketball team.
Honoring veterans has a personal connection for the coach. “My mother (Brenda Williams) served 22 years in the military – 10 in the Navy, and 12 in the Army – until her retirement last year,” Williams-Jackson said. “My older brother (Stephen Hayes) is in the Army and returned from Iraq three years ago. My mother and brother raised me and made the sacrifice not only to serve our country, but also to me personally so I could pursue my love for basketball.” Their selflessness allowed the coach to focus on school and earn a college scholarship.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.